Outside the Full Sail Brewing Co. production facility in Hood River, Oregon

Outside the Full Sail Brewing Co. production facility in Hood River, Oregon

Full Sail Brewing Co.

Full Sail Brewing Co. is a craft brewery in Hood River, Oregon. Founded in 1987, Full Sail was the first commercially successful craft brewery to bottle beer in the Pacific Northwest for retail sale, and one of Oregon’s early microbreweries. The first beer the brewery packaged was Full Sail Golden Ale, followed in 1988 by Full Sail Imperial Porter, Full Sail Amber Ale, and Wassail Winter Ale.

The first year’s total production of 287 barrels was brewed by four employees, followed by 2,200 barrels the next year. In 2007, Full Sail brewed more than 120,000 barrels.

Based upon beer sales volume, Full Sail is the ninth largest craft brewery in the United States, the second largest craft brewer in Oregon, and the seventeenth largest brewery in the United States.

Full Sail became employee-owned in July 1999 through an employee stock ownership plan with the 47 employees. In March 2015, the employees voted to sell to Oregon Craft Brewers Co., a local investment group formed by San Francisco-based private equity firm Encore Consumer Capital.

In May 2005, Full Sail introduced Session Premium Lager, a tribute to pre-Prohibition beers and bottled in a stubby bottle. In 2007, Full Sail introduced a line of limited edition lager beers, called LTD#1 and LTD#2. LTD#3, a pilsner, debuted in May 2009. In July 2009 Full Sail added a new beer to their session line releasing Session Black Lager, also in the stubby 11 oz. bottle.

The brewery is known for its quality microbrewed beers, most notably its trademark Amber Ale. Full Sail is located in the Columbia River Gorge in the city of Hood River, Oregon. The Full Sail brewery, pub, and tasting room are all located at the same site in downtown Hood River. Brewery tours are available daily, free of charge.

In July 2003, Full Sail began contract brewing three beers for SABMiller under the almost 150-year-old Henry Weinhard’s brand: Henry Weinhard’s Hefeweizen, Northwest Trail Blonde Lager, and Amber Light. SABMiller had purchased the brands from Stroh’s in 1999, and for a few years had moved their production to its Tumwater, Washington brewery until it closed in 2003.

There is also a smaller Full Sail brewhouse in Portland, Oregon which serves as their research and development center and is where the small batch Brewmaster Reserve and Brewer’s Share beers are concocted.

Full Sail Brewing Co. is an independent craft brewer.

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Inside the brewpub at Full Sail Brewing Co. in Hood River, Oregon

Inside the brewpub at Full Sail Brewing Co. in Hood River, Oregon

This brewery has multiple locations.

Outside the entrance to the Full Sail Brewing Co. brewpub in Hood River, Oregon

Outside the entrance to the Full Sail Brewing Co. brewpub in Hood River, Oregon

Brewpub

  • 506 Columbia St
  • Hood River, OR 97031-2000
  • United States
  • (541) 386-2281

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This brewery has multiple locations.

Outside the corporate offices of Full Sail Brewing Co. in Hood River, Oregon

Outside the corporate offices of Full Sail Brewing Co. in Hood River, Oregon

Company Offices

  • 408 Columbia St
  • Hood River, OR 97031-2000
  • United States
  • (541) 386-2281

No Brewery Tour Info

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Beers

A selection of beers from Full Sail Brewing Co.

Beer NameStyleABVIBUsCal.Rating
8 Pound Pale Fresh Hop Ale Review American Pale Ale5.61683.66
Atomizer Amber Review American Amber Ale6.01803.58
Atomizer IPA Review American IPA7.02103.84
Atomizer Lager Review American Lager4.91473.57
Atomizer Pale Ale Review American Pale Ale6.61983.83
Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar Amber Ale Review American Amber Ale6.01803.89
Barrel Aged Series: Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout) Review American Imperial Stout9.52854.16
Black Gold Imperial Stout – Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) Review Russian Imperial Stout9.62884.01
Blood Orange Wheat Ale Review American Wheat Ale5.21563.61
Bohemian Pilsner Review Czech Pilsner5.21563.45